Messy Mama creations and patterns
This is the pattern for the Big Square that I’m making as part of my Crochet Mood Blanket this year. Someone commented that it had a happy gypsy feel to it and I realised that’s exactly how I felt about it! I’ve finally managed to work one up where the stitch count worked properly, and that (purely by chance!) had a rather pretty sequence of colours to show off and so here it is ❤
Big Gypsy Flower Square
I’m using dk yarn and a 5mm hook. Pattern is written in US terms.
Unless otherwise noted, work ch1 and sc into same stitch for beginning sc stitches; work ch3 for beginning dc stitches (counts as first dc), and work slip stitch to join rounds. Colours noted relate to those in the above picture for reference.
(Multi) Into a magic circle work 6 x 2-loop puff stitches (‘ps’) separated by ch1. (12st)
R2 (Multi) Into each ch sp work (3-loop ps, ch2, 3-loop ps, ch2). (36st)
R3 (gold) Into each ch2 sp work (3dc, ch1) using ch3 as first dc. (48st)
R4 (purple) (Worked back loop only (blo) around.) Join into any ch st. ch1 to start first sc, and sc around. (48sc)
R5 (purple – turning the circle into a square) (Worked blo around) Join (blo) into any st over a ch sp. ch1, *sc, sc, hdc, hdc, hdc, dc, (dc, tr, ch2, tr, dc) in same st to create corner, dc, hdc, hdc, hdc, sc, sc*. Repeat * to * three more times. (15st each side)
R6 (gold) (Worked in both loops) Join in any st. Sc around. (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner spaces. (18sc each side)
R7 (orange – Xdc stitches! 9 “X” stitches across each side, with uncrossed dc posts in the corners) Join in any corner sp. Ch3. Sk 1 st, dc in next st (ie in gold st between purple tr and dc). Dc in previous st. *Sk 2 st, dc in next st, dc in previous st* Repeat *to* seven more times** (dc, ch2, dc) in corner space. Repeat *to* nine times. ** Repeat **to** two more times. (dc, ch2) in corner space. (9 Xdc st and 2dc each side)
R8 (orange) Ch1 to start first sc, and sc around, working (sc, ch2, sc) in corner spaces. (22sc each side)
R9 (olive – fan stitches) Join in any corner sp. Ch3 and 3dc in corner space. **sk 1 st. sc in next st (between dc post and first Xdc). *sk 2 st, 5dc in next st (centre of Xdc) to create 5dc fan, sk 2 st, sc in next st (between two Xdc’s)* Repeat *to* two more times. sk 1 st, 7dc in corner space** Repeat **to** two more times. sk 2 st. sc in next st. Repeat *to* three times. sk 1 st, 3dc in corner space, and sl st to join. (3 x 5dc fans across each side, with 7dc fans around corners)
R10 (petrol) Join in centre of corner 7dc fan. Ch1 and sc in same st. *ch3, dc into top of sc, ch3, sc into centre of 5dc fan* Repeat *to* three more times to finish with sc in centre of corner 7dc fan. (ch2, sc) in corner st. Repeat around. Finish with (sc, ch2, sl st into first sc) in first corner. Do not break yarn.
R11 (petrol) sl st into first ch3 sp, and ch1 to start first sc. 4sc into each 3ch sp, skipping over the tops of the dc and sc posts below. (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in each corner ch sp. (36sc each side)
R12 (brown) (Worked blo) Join in any corner ch sp. Ch1 and sc in corner space, sc blo along, (sc, ch2, sc) in corners. (38sc each side)
R13 (red – single crochet cluster) Join in any corner ch sp, and ch1 to start first sc. These two rounds you’ll be working the single crochet cluster. Sc, ch1, sc in corner ch sp. *sk 1 st, (sc, ch1, sc) in next st* Repeat from * to * along (19 clusters along edge) sk 1 st, (sc, ch2, sc, ch1, sc) in corner ch sp. Repeat * to * along. Continue around. Work (sc, ch2) and sl st to join. Do not break yarn.
R14 (red) ch1. sc2tog by inserting hook into each of the next 2 ch-1 sps, ch 1, *sc2tog by inserting hook into same ch-1 sp as previous st then into next ch-1 sp, ch 1, repeat from * to * along. For corners ch2 instead of ch1 after last sc2tog. Join and fasten off.